"Classical music" is a broad term used to describe a wide range of Western art music that has its roots in the European tradition dating from the 9th century to the 21st century. It encompasses a variety of styles and forms, including orchestral, chamber, choral, and solo music, and it is typically composed by trained musicians who have studied the traditional techniques and forms of the genre.

Classical music is known for its complex harmonies, counterpoint, and formal structures. It is typically written for specific instruments or groups of instruments, such as the orchestra, string quartet, or piano. Classical music is also characterized by its use of melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre, and it often follows a specific musical form, such as the sonata or symphony.

Classical music is typically divided into several periods, including the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods. Each period has its own unique characteristics and is defined by the musical styles and forms that were popular at the time.

Composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Frédéric Chopin are considered some of the most important and influential composers in the classical tradition. Classical music is still widely performed and recorded today and continues to be a significant part of the world's cultural heritage.

Free Classical music

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Ranz des Vaches or "Call to the Dairy Cows" is a small but famous section of the overture to William Tell by Rossini. It is most often used to depict morning or sleepiness in cartoons. Hook starts at 0:21.
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Intense and troubling, the strings pull from the bass, creating a full and heavy sound. Meandering between staccato pulses and arduous pulls of the bow, the music is in a dramatic minor key with major chords interspersed throughout. Pauses of silence leave the piece unsettled and without resolve.
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Solo trumpet version of the 1862 military ceremonial piece.<BR>
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An interesting section of Danse Macabre from around measure 145. There is a particularly nice viola trill with ornament.
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Uneven foreboding short cue, winds play opposite strings.
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A grooving sting featuring percussion and low staccato strings.<BR>
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Starts with cellos, adds horn, clarinet, English horn, contra-tuba - to a final sustained chord. Slow. Thin yet satisfying.
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I sort of regal opening brass fanfare. It is meant to join at the end with another piece of music... This works as a stand-alone opening for most anything.
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This is one of my favorite sections of "Danse Macabre"... lovely xylophone part.
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A very short fugal theme. (3-part imitative counterpoint)<BR>
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Small calm transition; descending wind ensemble blending to ascending string ensemble. Short, and efficient!
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Woodwinds enter 53 seconds in, and the tone changes from outright depressing to somewhat hopeful.
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Just a small section of quiet fast playing strings from "Danse Macabre".
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A sound track piece with Kit and Trombones/French Horns throughout.<BR>
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Harpists, by nature, are solitary people who love horses. Getting harpists to play fast together and contour a melodic line is neigh-on impossible. So we have to give all the notes to one person so it doesn't sound like harp hell. But now you need to rest, because plucking like...